BATHURST INFORMATION & NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE

Bathurst Information and Neighbourhood Centre Inc (BINC) is a community based organisation which aims to build resilient communities by developing stronger links between community members and by assisting members of disadvantaged communities to participate in community life and activities. Community members use and knowledge of existing community resources is increased by the provision of a range of information, referral and support services for the Bathurst region in a welcoming environment.

The infrastructure provided by the Centre can be quickly mobilised, expanded or readjusted to respond to local needs, emerging issues, or opportunities.

BINC improves outcomes for members of the Bathurst community in three key ways, by:
• providing a range of direct services
• acting as a conduit to other services
• providing indirect benefits such as improving social networks and building social capital.

BINC is partially funded by the NSW Department of Community Services and receives program funding from a range of Government Departments to fill specific needs within the community.

Neighbourhood Centre Project provides an information and referral service. BINC provides information about local associations, interest groups, leisure activities, self help groups and community services. BINC provides meeting and interview room space for groups and organisations. BINC works with community members and organisations to identify and to address needs. Funding provided by NSW Government Human Services, Community Services, Community Builders.

Oberon Neighbourhood Centre provides an information and referral service. ONC provides information about local associations, interest groups, leisure activities, self help groups and community services. ONC works with community members and organisations to identify and to address needs. Funding provided by NSW Government Human Services, Community Services, Community Builders.

Community Visitors Scheme, CVS volunteers regularly visit a resident of a nursing home to provide friendship for those who are lonely. Funding provided by Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

Home and Community Care (HACC )Training provides training and resources to volunteer involving organisations receiving HACC funding within Central West NSW. Funding provided by NSW Government Human Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care.

Home Maintenance and Modification Project (HMM) is a HaCC program which employs qualified trades people to provide ramps and rails and other modifications to the homes of frail aged and people with a disability who wish to remain in their own homes. Funding provided by NSW Government Human Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care.

HMM Lawn Mowing Service provides lawn mowing services to the frail aged and younger people with disabilities. Funding provided by NSW Government Human Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care.

Migrant Support Service is a regional program which provides help and support to migrants moving into the Central West, with emphasis on those who have recently arrived from Non-English speaking countries. Funding provided by Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Bathurst Migrant and Refugee Mentoring Project links trained volunteers with migrants and refugees to facilitate access to local services and activities. Current program finished.

Volunteering Bathurst (VB) liaises with community organisations to determine their needs for volunteers. VB interviews and refer volunteers to volunteer positions appropriate to their interests and skills and to the requirements of the organisation. Funding provided by NSW Government Human Services, Community Services, Community Builders.

Volunteering Central West (VCW) resource and supports volunteer, managers of volunteers and volunteer involving organisations throughout Central West NSW. The service also supports the needs of corporate volunteers and disadvantaged groups. Funding provided by Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Golden Gurus (GG) is a program that links a Golden Guru, a skilled volunteer over 50 years of age, to a community organisation. The GG provides the support and knowledge needed to develop the organisation or the client group. This program has been developed by Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Activities and Projects
International Friendship Group (IFG)
IFG was originally formed in the early 1970’s to provide social and English language support to new arrivals and immigrants. Currently IFG have members from 45 different countries of origin who meet regularly to provide support, friendship and to raise awareness of the different cultures. IFG hold cultural and social activities that aim to enrich the social fabric of our community.

Bathurst Eisteddfod Catering is provided by volunteer community organisations and a volunteer committee to provide light refreshment at reasonable prices to people attending the Eisteddfod.

Computer tutoring Volunteers offer one to one computer tutoring to people to give them confidence to develop computer skills.

The Knit-ins is a group of enthusiastic knitters who meet monthly to produce squares for the ABC ‘Wraps with Love’ program, as well as items for various other projects. This group provides an opportunity for people to use their knitting skills in a social gathering.

Learner Education Assistance Program (LEAP) is for people who have their Learners Permit but don’t have access to a car or an unrestricted licensed driver to supervise them. This program is being supported by Transport NSW and NRMA.

State Debt Recovery BINC is an approved organisation for Work Development Orders which enables eligible people to pay off their debt through volunteer activities.

Free Legal Advice service provides an outreach service to Bathurst every Thursday. BINC takes bookings and provides support to the clients.

Tax Help Program provides assistance to people in genuine need, to help them comply with their tax obligations at tax time.

Co-located services at BINC

  • DIAS (Disability Information Advocacy Service) is a support and advocacy service for people with disabilities, their families and carers.
  • MERIT The programs provide the opportunity for adult defendants with alcohol or drug abuse or dependence problems to work towards rehabilitation, on a voluntary basis, as part of the bail process.
  • Josephite Foundation No Interest Loans Scheme provides loans of up to $1000 for low income earners who are on Social Security benefits.
  • Step Up Loans provides low interest loans between $800 to $3,000 for individuals or families holding a current Centrelink Health Care card.
  • University of the Third Age conducts many of its classes at BINC and also uses BINC as a mailing address and messages centre.

Access Policy
Approximately one hundred other community groups use the services of BINC in a range of ways. Although we request a donation for the use of rooms and office space, it is purely voluntary, as we wish to make our service accessible to all and would not like to exclude any group or individual on any basis particularly financial.

96 Russell Street, Bathurst NSW
PO Box 1469, Bathurst 2795

For more info on WINC or how to join,
please contact your nearest WINC Centre

Ph: (02) 6332 4866

manager@binc.org.au
  www.binc.org.au

 
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